MARCH...comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb!
March is the end of winter and the beginning of Spring! We all look forward to the flowers showing their lovely heads, the birds beautiful song, and the buds on the trees about to pop open!
Daylight savings time is on the 10th of March where we "Spring" ahead!
Easter is the last Sunday of this month.
St Patrick's day is the 17th! A day of green, leprechauns, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the orneriness of the leprechauns!
March is a month of color!
Life begins anew once more!
Joe has added some variations to a few of our games to give the hosts a selection of choices for your enjoyment. Please go to the backdoor and read the rules for the games. A lot of information is there, such as the room name, how to play, illustrations as to how to score, and the different ways to play the game.
Cris, Key and Joe are proud to announce that we have received many mentions about how much our league is offering our members in events and things to do on our website! There is no other league out there that offers such a vast amount of information to their members! Just one more thing that makes this league the "best of the best" in the land!
If you have not visited "Foxys Website", you are so missing out on a lot of exciting things! Under the Slideshow, you will find the link. Click on it and it takes you to a whole new world of Foxys!
We have some awards to give out to our Members! The HAs would like to thank the following people for going over and above to make our league awesome!
Congrats goes out to a person who is always with us every day, who always brings a smile to the group and is a joy to tour with. She is a beautiful person....the "Member of the Month" goes out to Judy!
Thanks sweetie! We so appreciate all you do for the Den!
Our next award goes to the "Staff of the month"! This guy is amazing! Such talent, such ability, loved by the ladies, and gives of his heart continually! Congrats goes out to Joe who has done so much with developing and the upkeep of our Website, who is an awesome Host, and a man with a heart as big as all outdoors!
Thank you so much Joe!
Our "Wolflady's Sportsman Award" goes out to Sue! Thanks Sue for all your love and giving in the tours! You brighten up the day! Always a kind word, and an uplift to the group! Congrats Gal!
We also have recognition to the different winners of last month's Streakers, Miss Mini Pageant Queen, and Wolf's Poker Champ!
Our "Streaker" for the month was Keylalah, with close runners up, Clara in 2nd, and Gill and Michele tied for 3rd!
The month of March is just beginning! Get out there and practice your shots! You could be the next Streaker in Golf Solitaire!!
Good luck to you all!
Our Miss Mini Pageant Queen for February was the beautiful MrsB! Congrats Sandy! Sandy won a Gem card as well as her picture as queen on the Website under the listing "Queens" Each month the queen's picture and month of her win is posted. At the end of the year the Queens will have a special tour, and the one who wins gets a year's subscription to Pogo! So come out on Saturday nights, follow the theme, and enjoy the tours and Den Family!
Wolf's Poker Champ was MrsB! She was a busy lady last month! Very good job Sandy! And she managed to avoid Pistol Pack in' Mama's aim! (hehehe) Sandy won another Gem Card for her win!! Congrats Sandy!!
Who will be our winners for March? YOU can be! All you have to do is join the family for the events and have lots of fun, relaxation, and enjoy the company and the challenge!
April will be our Quarterly Marathon! It is still in the planning stages, but a temporary date is April 22nd through the 28th. Keep watch on the Website for more information! Lots of prizes, lots of different mini outfits, loads of fun and excitement on the way!
I have a little treat for you! Cristean told me a Scottish tale that has been passed down from generation to generation concerning my beloved Unicorns! I have always loved them, believed in them, and have been fascinated by them since I was little! Enjoy the tale...
HOW THE UNICORNS DISAPPEARED
LONG, LONG AGO - WHEN THERE WAS STILL MAGIC IN THE WORLD AND THINGS WERE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEMED TO BE,IN A RUINED CASTLE IN THE FAR NORTH OF ENGLAND THERE DWELT A FAIR MAID, WITH EYES AS BLACK AS THE SLOES ON THE BLACKTHORN IN NOVEMBER AND SKIN AS WHITE AS ITS BLOSSOM IN MARCH.
ONCE, HER FAMILY HAD BEEN RICH AND POWERFUL, OWNING ALL THE LAND AROUND AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE AND THE CASTLE HAD BEEN IN GOOD REPAIR, FULL OF SERVANTS TO WAIT ON THE FAMILY AND SOLDIERS TO PROTECT THEM FROM ALL DANGERS. OVER THE YEARS, HOWEVER, WAR AND MISFORTUNE HAD COME UPON THEM, SO THAT ALL WAS LEFT OF THE ONCE-PROUD FAMILY WAS THE FAIR MAID, WITH EYES AS BLACK AS THE SLOES ON THE BLACKTHORN AND SKIN AS WHITE AS ITS BLOSSOM, A MAID WHO WENT BAREFOOT, AND WORE PATCHED AND FADED GOWNS OF SILK AND VELVET.
THE LITTLE LAND THAT HAD NOT BEEN SOLD WAS OVERGROWN AND SADLY NEGLECTED, PROVIDING JUST ENOUGH FOOD FOR ONE WHITE COW WITH RED EARS,TWO GRAY SHEEP AND THREE SPECKLED HENS.
INSTEAD OF THE MANY SERVANTS, ALL WAS LEFT TO CARE FOR THE MAID WAS A OLD WRINKLED CRONE, INSTEAD OF SOLDIERS TO GUARD HER, THERE WAS ONLY A UNICORN.
HE WAS A SPLENDID CREATURE, AS WHITE AS THE FIRST FALL OF SNOW ON MUCKLE CHEVIOT, THE HIGHEST OF THE NEARBY HILLS; HE RESEMBLED A YOUNG DEER EXCEPT THAT, INSTEAD OF ANTLERS, HE HAD ONE HORN GROWING FROM THE MIDDLE OF HIS VELVETY FOREHEAD, AND HIS EYES, UNLIKE THE BROWN EYES OF THE DEER, WERE AS BLUE AS THE SPEEDWELL WHICH GREW IN THE CASTLE MOAT.
AS THE YEARS PASSED, TRAVELERS BEGAN TO TALK OF HAVING CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF THIS MAID WHO WANDERED BAREFOOT OVER THE LONELY HILL, AND WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED EVERYWHERE BY A SNOW-WHITE UNICORN; HEARING THIS, THE YOUNG MEN IN THE LAND THOUGHT TO THEMSELVES WHAT FINE SPORT IT WOULD BE TO HUNT SUCH A RARE CREATURE AND TO KILL IT, AND THEN TO WOO THE FAIR MAID AND MARRY HER.
THROUGH THE GREEN VALLEYS AND OVER THE HEATHER-CLAD HILLS THEY JOURNEYED, UNTIL THEY CAME WITHIN SIGHT OF THE RUINED CASTLE, AND THERE THEY HID THEMSELVES BEHIND CLUMPS OF TREES OR GREAT BOULDERS, AND WAITED. WHEN AT THE LAST THE MAID APPEARED WITH HER SNOW WHITE UNICORN, EACH MAN PREPARED TO DRAW HIS BOWSTRING, THINKING THAT NEVER HAD HE HUNTED A FINER BEAST, OR WOOED A FAIRER MAID; BUT, AT THE VERY MOMENT THAT THE HUNTERS WERE ABOUT TO LET FLY THEIR DEADLY, GOOSE FEATHERED ARROWS, THE UNICORN SHOOK HIS HEAD, SO THAT EACH HUNTSMAN FELT AS THOUGH HE HAD BEEN TURNED TO STONE, AND HELPLESS AND SPEECHLESS HE REMAINED UNTIL MAID AND BEAST HAD PASSED OUT OF SIGHT.
"WHO WANTS TO HUNT A UNICORN IN THESE BLEAK HILLS?" THE YOUNG MEN CRIED ANGRILY, WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THEIR HOMES," AS FOR THE MAID SHE DRESSES LIKE A BEGGER AND IS FAR FROM BEAUTIFUL. NO MAN IN HIS SENSES WOULD DREAM OF WOOING HER." AND NOT OF ONE OF THEM ADMITTED HOW HELPLESS HE HAD BEEN WHEN THE UNICORN HAD SHAKEN HIS HEAD.
SO THE WORD SPREAD THAT THE MAID WAS BOTH POOR AND UGLY, AND THE UNICORN NOT WORTH THE HUNTING. SOON PEOPLE FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM AND THE MAID DWELT HAPPILY IN HER RUINED CASTLE WITH THE OLD CRONE, AND ROAMED THE HILLS AND VALLEYS WITH THE UNICORN BY HER SIDE.
NOW IT HAPPENED THAT ONE FINE, SPRING MORNING THE MAID AND UNICORN WANDERED FARTHER A FIELD THAN USUAL, CLIMBING RIGHT OVER MUCKLE CHEVIOT ITSELF AND DOWN INTO A VALLEY WHERE THE BANKS WERE ABLAZE WITH THE GOLDEN FLOWERS OF THE BONNIE BROOM, AND WHERE, IN THE DISTANCE, A GREY STONE FARMHOUSE HUDDLED AGAINST THE STEEP HILLSIDE.
"WHAT SOUND IS THAT?" THE MAID CRIED, HALTING SUDDENLY AND LOOKING AROUND HER. "IT IS ONLY THE FEET OF THE WIND IN THE BONNIE BROOM," THE UNICORN ANSWERED.
"IT IS THAT, AND IT IS MORE THAN THAT," THE MAID SAID. "IT IS THE SAD, SOFT CRY OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REJECTED, AND IT BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR IT. WHO ARE YOU?" SHE CALLED OUT, "WHY DO YOU WEEP SO BITTERLY?" AT THAT, A LITTLE MAN, OLD AND BEARDED , AND WRINKLED, STEPPED FROM UNDER THE BONNIE BROOM BESIDE HER.
"WE ARE THE LITTLE PEOPLE, FAIR MAID", HE SAID, "AND WE WEEP BECAUSE WE HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. EVER SINCE YONDER FARM WAS BUILT, I, WHO AM THE OLDEST AND WISEST, HAVE LIVED THERE WITH MY PEOPLE, WITH MY CHILDREN, AND MY GRANDCHILDREN AND MY GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. THIS SPRING, A NEW FARMER MOVED IN, AND HIS WIFE SAYS SHE HAS NO TIME FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, NO BUTTER TO SPARE FOR OUR BREAD, OR MILK TO GIVE OUR BABIES. SHE SWEPT US ALL OUT WITH THE HEATHER BESOM, THAN LOCKED AND BOLTED THE DOOR; AND NOW MY PEOPLE WEEP BECAUSE THEY ARE FRIGHTENED AND HUNGRY AND HOMELESS."
"MY CASTLE HAS LONG LACKED A ROOF," THE MAID SAID, "THE WIND SIGHS O'NIGHTS AND WHISTLES ALONG THE PASSAGES, AND THE RAIN DRIVES THROUGH THE WINDOWS, BUT THE KITCHEN IS SNUG AND WARM. IF THE OLD CRONE AND THE UNICORN ARE WILLING, YOU MAY SHARE IT WITH US AND LIVE THERE AS LONG AS YOU PLEASE." "I AM WILLING," THE UNICORN SAID. "I AM WILLING," THE OLD CRONE MUTTERED, WHEN THE MAID RETURNED TO HER CASTLE WITH THE LITTLE PEOPLE CLUTTERING ANXIOUSLY ABOUT HER. AND SHE SKIMMED SOME OF THE CREAM FROM THE BASIN BESIDE HER, AND SET DOWN ON THE HEARTH FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, AND CUT A THICK CRUST OFF THE LOAF SHE HAD JUST BAKED, AND SET IT BESIDE THE CREAM."
"YOU SHALL HAVE NO CAUSE TO REGRET THIS DAY," AND THE OLDEST AND WISEST TO THE MAID.
"YOU SHALL HAVE NO CAUSE TO REGRET THIS DAY" HIS PEOPLE AGREED.
AFTER THEY HAD DRUNK THE CREAM AND EATEN THE BREAD, THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN SET UP THEIR TABLES, CHAIRS , COOKING POTS AND ALL THEIR POSSESSIONS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE GREAT FIREPLACE, WHILE THE MEN SCURRIED ABOUT THE RUINED CASTLE, PROBING AND RAPPING AND BANGING, NODDING THEIR HEAD AS ONE AND STROKING THEIR BEARDS, THEIR EYES GLEAMING WITH EXCITEMENT.
THAT NIGHT WHILE THE MAID SLEPT SOUNDLY ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE KITCHEN FIREPLACE, WITH THE UNICORN AT HER FEET, AND THE OLD CRONE STRETCHED OUT ON A SETTEE, THE CASTLE WAS FILLED WITH THE SOUND OF SINGING AND WHISTLING, WITH THE BUZZ OF LITTLE SAWS AND THE TAP OF TINY HAMMERS. WHEN THE MAID AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING, SHE FOUND TO HER SURPRISE, THAT A NEW ROOF COVERED THE CASTLE AND THAT NO LONGER COULD THE WIND ENTER AT WILL. ALL THE NEXT NIGHT THE LITTLE PEOPLE WORKED, AND WHEN THE MAID AWOKE THE SECOND MORNING, SHE FOUND, TO HER AMAZEMENT, THAT THE DOORS HAD BEEN RENEWED, AND GLASS PUT IN THE WINDOWS, SO THAT NO LONGER COULD THE RAIN AND SNOW ENTER AT WILL.
WHILE THE MAID SLEPT ON THE THIRD NIGHT, THE LITTLE PEOPLE WORKED HARDER THAN EVER BEFORE; AND WHEN SHE AWOKE ON THE THIRD MORNING, SHE FOUND, TO HER ASTONISHMENT, ALL THE ROOMS FURNISHED AND RESTORED AS THEY HAD BEEN WHEN THE FAMILY WAS RICH AND POWERFUL.
THE WALLS WERE HUNG WITH TAPESTRIES, THE BEDS FURNISHED WITH WARM COVERINGS, WHILE THE LONG TABLE IN THE GREAT HALL WAS SET WITH GOBLETS OF VENETIAN GLASS AND DISHES OF THE FINEST SILVER.
"NOW THERE IS NO NEED FOR US TO LIVE IN THE KITCHEN," THE OLDEST AND WISEST SAID. "IF YOU ARE WILLING, WE SHALL MAKE OUR HOME HENCEFORWARD IN THE ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE WEST TOWER." "I AM WILLING", THE MAID SAID. "BUT I MUST ASK THE UNICORN AND THE OLD CRONE TOO. "WE ARE WILLING", SAID THE UNICORN AND THE CRONE.
THAT NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE, THE MAID SLEPT IN THE BIG FOUR-POSTER BED IN THE GREAT BEDROOM. WHEN SHE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING AND LOOKED OUT OF THE WINDOW, SHE FOUND TO HER DELIGHT THAT THE FIELDS HAD BEEN PLOUGHED AND SOWN AND HARROWED, AND THAT WHERE THERE HAD BEEN ONE WHITE COW WITH RED EARS, NOW THERE WERE A HUNDRED; WHERE THERE HAD BEEN TWO GREY SHEEP, NOW THERE WERE TWO HUNDRED, AND INSTEAD OF THREE SPECKLED HENS, NOW THERE WERE THREE HUNDRED.
"HOW EVER CAN I THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME?" SHE ASKED THE OLDEST AND WISEST.
"BY ACCCEPTING ONE WORD OF ADVICE", HE ANSWERED. "YOUR CASTLE IS REPAIRED, YOUR LANDS CULTIVATED AND YOUR FLOCKS AND HERDS ARE THRIVING. ALL THAT IS LACKING IS A HUSBAND FOR YOU AND A MASTER FOR THE CASTLE."
"A MASTER", THE OLD CRONE AGREED. "A HUSBAND", THE UNICORN WHISPERED, WITH A STRANGE LOOK IN HIS BLUE, BLUE EYES. "VERY WELL," THE MAID SAID. "HOW SHALL I SET ABOUT FINDING A HUSBAND FOR MYSELF AND A MASTER FOR THE CASTLE?"
"LEAVE THAT TO ME", ANSWERED THE OLDEST AND WISEST. "I SHALL BID THE BIRDS SPREAD THE NEWS THAT SUITORS FOR YOUR HAND MAY PRESENT THEMSELVES HERE ON THE FIRST MORNING OF MAY."
JOYFULLY THE BIRDS SPREAD THE NEWS THAT, IN HER CASTLE IN THE LONELY HILLS, THE MAID AWAITED HER SUITORS, SO THAT FROM THE FROZEN NORTH AND THE WARM SOUTH, FROM THE EASTERN SEABOARD AND WESTERN ISLES, THE PRINCES JOURNEYED FORTH.
THE FIRST TO ARRIVE WAS THE PRINCE OF THE FROZEN NORTH, A HANDSOME WARRIOR, WHO TALKED OF BATTLES AND THE JOYFUL SOUND OF STEEL AGAINEST STEEL IN HAND TO HAND FIGHTS. NEVER, THE MAID THOUGHT, HAD SHE MET SUCH A BRAVE AND HANDSOME PRINCE- WHICH WAS NOT SURPRISING, AS HE WAS THE FIRST MAN SHE HAD EVER SPOKEN TO. "I SHALL MARRY YOU", SHE SAID, "IF YOU CAN GIVE ME THE RIGHT ANSWER TO ONE QUESTION. WOULD YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR CASTLE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE?"
"THE LITTLE PEOPLE?" THE PRINCE CRIED. "WHY, THEY WERE ALL KILLED A LONG TIME AGO, AND A GOOD THING TOO, FOR ALL THEY DID WAS INTERFERE AND CAUSE TROUBLE." "YOU ARE NOT THE HUSBAND FOR ME, NOR THE MASTER FOF THIS CASTLE", THE MAID DECLARED, AND PRINCE DEPARTED IN ANGER, WHILE THE UNICORN SIGHED SOFTLY.
THE SECOND TO ARRIVE WAS THE PRINCE OF THE WARM SOUTH, A HANDSOME HUNTSMAN, WHO TALKED OF THE THRILL OF CHASING DEER AND HARES, AND THE JOYFUL SOUND OF THE HORN IN THE GREEN WOODS.
NEVER, THE MAIDEN THOUGHT, HAD SHE MET SUCH A SPLENDID AND HANDSOME PRINCE, WHICH WAS NOT SURPRISING, AS HE WAS ONLY THE SECOND MAN SHE HAD EVER SPOKEN TO. "I SHALL MARRY YOU," SHE SAID, "IF YOU CAN GIVE ME THE RIGHT ANSWER TO ONE QUESTION. WOULD YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR CASTLE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE?"
"THE LITTLE PEOPLE?", THE PRINCE CRIED, "WHY, THEY WERE CHASED AWAY FROM THIS COUNTRY YEARS AGO, AND A GOOD THING TOO, FOR ALL THEY DID WAS MAKE A NUISANCE OF THEMSELVES." "THEN YOU ARE NOT THE HUSBAND FOR ME, NOR THE MASTER FOR THIS CASTLE", THE MAID DECLARED, AND THE PRINCE OF THE WARM SOUTH DEPARTED IN ANGER, AND AGAIN, THE UNICORN SIGHED SOFTLY.
THE THIRD WAS THE PRINCE OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD A HANDSOME SAILOR WHO TALKED OF THE SEA AND SHIPWRECKS AND THE SOUND OF THE SEA SURGING ON THE SANDY SHORE. AGAIN SHE SAID, "I SHALL MARRY YOU IF YOU ANSWER ONE QUESTION. WOULD YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR CASTLE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE?"
THE PRINCE CRIED, "WHY THEY WERE ALL DROWNED YEARS AGO, AND GOOD RIDDENCE TO BAD RUBBISH, SAY I." "THEN YOU ARE NOT THE THE HUSBAND FOR ME OR THE MASTER OF THIS CASTLE."
AND AGAIN THE PRINCE LEFT IN ANGER AND THE UNICORN SIGHED HOPEFULLY
THE FOURTH AND LAST WAS THE PRINCE OF THE WESTERN ISLES, A HANDSOME MUSICIAN, WHO SANG SWEEETLY TO THE ACCOMPANYMENT OF HIS HARP OF OLDEN DAYS AND MAGIC
"ANSWER ONE QUESTION", SHE SAID. "WILL YOU MAKE ROOM FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN YOUR CASTLE?"
"WELL THEY DO NOT EXIST AND THEY NEVER DID", ANSWERED THE PRINCE
"THEN YOU ARE NOT THE HUSBAND FOR ME."
AND AWAY HE WENT IN ANGER AND THE UNICORN WATCHED, BUT MADE NOT A SOUND.
"THEY WERE ALL BRAVE AND HANDSOME MEN, OLDEST AND WISEST," THE MAID SAID, "BUT NOT ONE OF THEM WOULD OF ALLOWED YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE TO STAY HERE AS I PROMISED. WHAT SHALL I DO NOW?"
"FOLLOW YOUR HEART", THE OLDEST AND WISEST SAID.
THE MAID THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT, AND THEN TURNED TO THE UNICORN, "IF YOU WERE A PRINCE, WOULD YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR CASTLE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE?" SHE ASKED.
"ALWAYS". THE UNICORN ANSWERED.
" THEN I SHALL MARRY YOU BECAUSE EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, YOU HAVE LOOKED AFTER ME, AND BEEN GOOD AND KIND TO ME, AND ALSO BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE LITTLE PEOPLE AS I DO."
AND BECAUSE THIS ALL HAPPENED ALONG TIME AGO WHEN MAGIC WAS STILL IN THE WORLD THE UNICORN DISAPPEARED AND IN HIS PLACE WAS A HANDSOME BRAVE PRINCE!
SO THE MAID AND THE UNICORN PRINCE WERE MARRIED AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY AND PROSPEROULY FOR EVER MORE.
AND THIS IS WHY THERE ARE NO UNICORNS.
Cris, Key, and Joe would like to wish you a very safe and enjoyable March!
God Bless you and yours!